I have been contacted by individuals in the District regarding assistance for those affected by the recent tornados that have affected the eastern states of Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.  At this time, I suggest two specific options.  [1] Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund will no doubt respond with financial assistance, similar to the Disaster Relief Grants that were provided to District 5110 in response to the wildfires that devastated Oregon two years ago.  [2]  Rotary District 7980 has established a Midwest Tornado Victims Relief Fund.  Donations to either of the options can be found in the links below:

Rotary District 7980Midwest Tornado Victims Relief Fund

Rotary District 7980 is in action to support the victims and families devastated by the recent rash of tornados that tore through six states on Friday night December 10th and Saturday morning, December 11th, including Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee, starting with Kentucky.  Officials said there were at least 70 deaths in Kentucky, where many had been trapped inside a flattened candle factory, and there were six fatalities in a roof collapse at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois after severe weather ravaged the country on Friday.  Click here for more information about the Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund website.

Rotary International Disaster Relief Fund

Rotary members and The Rotary Foundation play a unique role in disaster recovery and rebuilding efforts. Working closely with our partner ShelterBox and other organizations that specialize in disaster relief, Rotary members lead projects to support every phase of a community’s recovery.

Other agencies, such as the Red Cross, are also first responders to disasters and donations can be directed to their specific website.